Jodie Foster: Back Up Off Of Kristen Stewart, Media

    August 15, 2012
    Amanda Crum
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Jodie Foster has been a pretty big star for a lot of years, and a good deal of those years were her formative ones. She was a child star before that term even really existed, a little tow-headed kid who first appeared in Disney movies and on television shows like “Mayberry R.F.D” and “The Courtship Of Eddie’s Father”. She won us over with her earnest personality and freckle-faced tomboyishness.

But, like many stars who have been in the spotlight for a long time, she was way ahead of her years, which shines through in her performance as Iris in “Taxi Driver”. She was beautiful and smart and more mature than many of her peers, and soon enough she earned herself a stalker and a new wary view of the world. She’s managed to keep herself to herself, perhaps by taking non-splashy roles in recent years and staying out of the media storm that surrounds every movie star these days. In a time of social media and paparazzi, that isn’t so easy to do. But she has some words of advice to her former co-star, Kristen Stewart, and to the people who have the power to make her life a living hell now that she’s come clean about her affair with married “Snow White And The Huntsman” director Rupert Sanders.

When Foster worked with Stewart on “Panic Room”, Stewart was just a kid; in an essay penned by Foster recently, she remembers the young actress with a certain amount of innocence only found in children of a particular age, and is afraid that in the subsequent 11 years, a lot has changed. We have changed her.

A beautiful young woman strides down the sidewalk alone, head down, hands drawn into fists. She’s walking fast, darting around huge men with black cameras thrusting at her mouth and chest. ‘Kristen, how do you feel?’ ‘Smile Kris!’ ‘Hey, hey, did you get her?’ ‘I got her. I got her!’ The young woman doesn’t cry. F— no. She doesn’t look up. She’s learned, Foster writes.

Foster hands out advice to Stewart at the end of the article, but it also seems like a plea to the media, as well.

My mother had a saying that she doled out after every small injustice, every heartbreak, every moment of abject suffering. “This too shall pass.” God, I hated that phrase. It always seemed so banal and out of touch, like she was telling me my pain was irrelevant. Now it just seems quaint, but oddly true … Eventually this all passes. The public horrors of today eventually blow away. And, yes, you are changed by the awful wake of reckoning they leave behind. You trust less. You calculate your steps. You survive. Hopefully in the process you don’t lose your ability to throw your arms in the air again and spin in wild abandon. That is the ultimate F.U. and—finally—the most beautiful survival tool of all. Don’t let them take that away from you.

  • Baird Dupree

    What a girl. She also defended Mel Gibson. Give me a break !

  • AppleEye

    “Child star – before the term existed”… OH PLEASE! You can always tell a young dimwit writer when you read drivel like this. Ever hear of Jackie Coogan, or Shirley Temple? They were called child stars. Go back to writing school.

  • http://yahoo chris

    Are we supposed to feel sorry for the overpaid and overprivileged acting class? If you can’t cut it, get out. There’s only 2 million people or more who have more talent right behind you.

    • F. Duke

      So now you’re dogpiling someone for just defending Kristen?
      What the f*ck is wrong with you people?

      • Maria

        I agree with F. Duke!

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  • Henry

    This from the biggest coward in Hollywood. Everyone with a 10% functioning brain knows she’s a lesbian, but she is still too afraid to admit it. As has been pointed out already, Kristen Stewart is well compensated for “injustice, every heartbreak, every moment of abject suffering.” Give me a break. Jodie, don’t make writing your full-time gig; you’re a bit over the top.

    • Maria

      DISLIKE! Don’t make writing your full-time gig because you obviously do not know what you are talking about. I think you should probably tell her husband she’s a lesbian, which BTW, has NOTHING to do with whether she knows what she is talking about! She’s been there and is in the perfect position to give someone in Kristen’s position advice. So according to Henry, those of us who do not believe Jodie is a lesbian (or doesn’t care) only has 10% of a brain, or is only using 10% of it. Henry, I think you’ve insulted way more than 10% of readers!

  • Susan

    What about this asshole who had the affair with her? Why isn’t the media, and everyone else all over him? He is almost twice her age, and is married to a beautiful woman and has little kids. Yet it’s all Kristen Stewarts fault! Do you think a man his age would be easily able to seduce a kid like her? I think he is a piece of sh**, and am amazed that the media is leaving him alone. He doesn’t deserve it.

    • dee

      SOooooooooo TRUE…!!! I totaly agree. IT MAKES ME SICK TO MY STOMACH… HE is the one who should be held responsible here,, obviously she made a bad choice,, but he is older and took advantage and you can bet ur a** that he knew better.!

      • geekarma

        totally agree with both of you. WELL SAID. Right on. How is it that it is never the man’s fault but the woman is condemned to death. Gosh, he’s 41, right? Then again, if he is fully contented, he won’t stray… Believe the young one has a hard lesson to learn and as Jodie sez this will all pass. Jodie is probably my fav actress and the woman definitely has got class giving such objective advice. Good on you, Jodie! Luv ya..

    • http://www.PearlsforPaws.org Pearl for Paws

      I agree 100% with you Susan. It took 2 to make the “affair” happen – Kristin didn’t do it all by herself. As an older married man he should have to go through half of the media scrutiny that Kristin is going through.

      She’s not my favorite actress but who in Hollywood can cast a stone? How can the rest of America cast such stones? And the Media has NO right to cast ANY stones.